As he’s wont to do, Robert Griffin III provided a window into his offseason life with an Instagram video on Monday. The Redskins quarterback was singing along to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” en route to a workout, according to his caption.
“Jamming to MJ on the way to get that work in this morning #BillyJean,” Griffin wrote. “What you working with this morning?”
As they’re wont to do, the haters hated. Amid the comments about Griffin’s singing ability, Instagram user @cperezrn suggested that Griffin jamming to Michael Jackson is at least part of the reason Griffin is not long for D.C.
“This is why you will be cut after next year in Washington,” @cperezrn writes. “Why you weren’t even mentioned as the future. You are a ‘QB’. Act like one.”
Another commenter asked @cperezrn to explain what listening to music on the way to work has to do with acting like a QB, and @cperezrn obliged:
“[V]ery simple,” he wrote. “He cares more about his brand, social media than working in his craft. After the 2016 seasons respond back to me if I am wrong. He will be cut by the Redskins after those years. Brees, Brady, Rodgers, Manning don’t act this way. Very simple observation. ”
And then Griffin, who already violated the first rule of sharing content on the internet — “DON’T READ THE COMMENTS” — took it one step further and engaged a commenter. “This will not end well” is the appropriate phrase here.
@rgiii: @cperezrn If giving back to the community and training for football at the same time is frowned upon…..then what would you say I do Sir? Not give back or Train? Honest Question
Oh wait…and should I not enjoy a classic song with others who Love MJ? I’m just asking for your wisdom here.
@cperezrn: It’s about the image @rgiii. Whether or not you are training trying to get better it’s all about how you present yourself. Your coach, owner doesn’t want to see you present yourself in this matter. Think about it for a minute. You grew up in a military family. I am also a military man. Ask your father, mother it’s how you present yourself.
@rgii: And I’m presenting myself in a negative way by doing…..what exactly?
@cperezrn: Never said you were presenting yourself in a “negative” way. Just seems that you care more about your social media, commercial’s and brand than football. That’s all bud. Good luck next year. @rgiii. Hope you prove your fans wrong.
@rgiii: And what or who makes it seem that way? The fans are the ones who support not the ones I have to prove wrong
Several fans jumped in to defend Griffin, to which Griffin responded:
@rgiii: Appreciate Ya. Players put too much time into our profession to be told posting on social media 2 or 3 times a day is a sign that you don’t focus on your craft.
Griffin wasn’t done with @cperezrn, though. They eventually agreed to disagree, I think.
@rgiii: I hear what you are saying, but for you to say those things to me is a sign that you don’t know what I am about and have been watching and listening to other people who have never even met me.
@cperezrn: I rest my case at least you understand what I’m trying to tell you and what your critics have said about you. It’s about how you present yourself. Of course we don’t know you. We know your social media, the commercials you make. That’s why I said act like the leader of your team. After you win a title no one can criticize you, but for now they do. Anyways, good luck to you.
@rgiii: No need to act like a leader, just gonna be one as always. The case you tried to make isn’t supported by anything I have done. Fun loving, motivation & football based commercials? Motivation and family related social media post?
@rgiii: Community events and gear going towards helping the community?
@cperezrn: If you were the leader of your team, why weren’t you mentioned as the future the other day. I’m not talking about your community involvement. Not criticizing that. I’m talking to you about the way you present yourself and many of your critics feel that you care more about your brand than football. That is ALL that I’m saying. I can be 100% wrong, even your teammates have said they aren’t sure about you. Think you have too much “DIVA” in you. Anyways I’m wrong you are right.”
@rgiii: Military families have class, dignity & loyalty. I will maintain mine. You have not shown any of those. I will keep it that way and let you go right off my page God Bless
They may still be going back and forth. Consider this your friendly reminder to never read the comments.